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Old 07-17-2002, 16:48   #1 (permalink)
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The difficulty for ford, remains producing a base line family model (bread & Butter) that can be dressed-up to a performance model (cream on top) without having to re-manufacture a whole new series of fabrication panels. Remember costs for ford remain in the production line process. The machines that stamp and fabricate the panels to produce the new design run into the tens of millions in capital costs. So the aim is to produce a production line facility that meets both ends of the market, (family and performance) a car that looks good with stock rims, for mum and dad, and looks even better with 17" alloys and lowered. And I think ford have done this. Ford have obviously tried to retain many of the fabrication compnents used in the AU, and produced variationtions in scolloping and design lines for the BA. You don't toss away the sheet metal fabrication machine used to produce the AU after four years of work, but you can make variations. Thats why the BA was never going to be radically different from the the AU. The AU was a big mistake (in sales figure trerms), and still has a big stigma attached to it in the market place, especially from the performance perspective, is the BA going to be able to overcome this hurdle?
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Old 07-17-2002, 17:35   #4 (permalink)
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it will be a start.... it's always a long road back

you seem very negative about the whole BA thing... I say kick back and watch the show coz only time will tell
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Hard to say really. Hope so. Reaction from Ford fans has been mostly positive but most of the Holden guys aren't overly impressed. They could be swayed if the BA XR and T-Series (and GT if it eventuates) has some serious HP under the bonnet. Just hope the quality is there.
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i think it will do better than AU, lets just put it that way.

And it doesn't matter if holden fans aren't impressed, actually i think they're probably in denial..and if they're genuinely not impressed, then they won't like VY either, coz they will be quite similar, although i think the VY's design won't blend as well as BA.
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i think it will do better than AU, lets just put it that way.

And it doesn't matter if holden fans aren't impressed, actually i think they're probably in denial..and if they're genuinely not impressed, then they won't like VY either, coz they will be quite similar, although i think the VY's design won't blend as well as BA.
From scoop shots it almost looks like the VY is trying to mimic the AU...... In the front end and light decals at least.
Its probably just me.
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If they produce a good quality Fairmont level of appointment GT (as opposed to the more luxo T-series) they will get instant credability for the entry level models as well.

A few V8 Supercar wins (Bathurst this year) would help.
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